#MyLivedExperience: A Lady of Reason Wants to Hear from YOU!

Recently, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of reading personal interest stories published on various news sites and media. Mainly these are mostly fluff pieces about romance, lifestyle, family, trips etc… fairly mindless but good reads when you’re bored or have nothing else to do. Some have a more serious tone, gripping with loss and other forms of adversity and mostly how the author is coping or has overcome whatever is troubling them. Others propose to offer some unique perspective or opinion that people haven’t thought of supposedly.

As mentioned, the fact I read some time to time is not very fascinating or post-worthy, however I noticed that not even these pieces are immune from leftist bias and agendas. The vast majority are published in far left leaning news sites, such as Vox, Slate, Huffington post and the like, and only feature overly leftist views, or have an implicit message that is geared to be “woke”. Many in fact, tie in a personal story to their dislike of some conservative view point or policy. On the rare occasion someone expresses a conservatives leaning, it is always about how they changed their perspective to conform to the mainstream media’s leftist bias!

So I noticed a gap; a gap in personal stories from a conservative viewpoint. If almost every news site only publishes the lived experiences of those who conform to the Left, then why not provide a judgment free platform for conservative perspectives and how they shape a personal experience too? Therefore, A Lady of Reason is proud to announce that I am welcoming submissions of YOUR stories and experiences! Like the #MyWalkAwayStory project I did in the past, where many fellow patriots shared how they walked away from the Left, I’m looking for personal interest stories, experiences unique or everyday, how you overcame a challenge in your life, a joy in your life, career moves, family, anything really that can tie into conservative values or a life experience you had as a conservative, including, but beyond the overtly political.

I know such vague criteria can leave many at a loss for some interesting thing to share, and if you’re like me, you may feel your life is too boring and uninteresting to have anything worthwhile to share. On A Lady of Reason however, it doesn’t have to be some unique thing that’s novel-worthy or that no one has experienced before. In fact, it will be more powerful to showcase an ordinary experience of life, as I always argue that policies that hurt the country and silence conservatives do affect our ordinary everyday lives. To get some creative juices flowing, here are some ideas to think about:

There are plenty of personal stories about learning to “accept” one’s not even teenage child’s “transition” with hormones and new names/ pronouns, so why not one where a parent puts their foot down and advocates in their child’s best interest over the school’s, doctor’s, society’s etc… agenda? Relatedly, many stories of people coming out as transgender, but what about stories of those who came to the realization that they’re not?

Why not speak up about your lived experience of leftist bias in your workplace and how that affects your professional life?

What about hearing a story of someone who feels insulted by the notion that they can’t succeed like everyone else and need special accommodations to succeed because of their race?

Relatedly, maybe a story of how being white doesn’t mean automatic privilege and how someone or their ancestors had to overcome multiple adversities to get where they are today?

Why not hear a tale of how a gun saved someone’s life rather than how that destroyed it?

How come we aren’t hearing about someone who is happy in a monogamous heterosexual relationship and wants to raise a traditional family?

We read dozens of #Metoo stories, but what about a story of the impact one false accusation can do to a man’s life?

Did you go to a school board meeting to stand up to the indoctrination in your child’s school? Why not share that?

Has a current event such as the trucker protests, BLM, insane COVID policies, defund the police, astronomical inflation, for some examples, impact you in a way you want others to realize? 

Do you have an “intersectional” identity as a conservative and something people wouldn’t associate with the stereotype of a conservative? For example, being conservative and non-white, non-religious, come from a liberal family or community, have a job more associated with liberals such as academia etc?… I’d love to hear your perspective on how it affects your identity and experiences as a conservative! I have some personal examples of my own among some of these categories…

You don’t have to be a great writer with flowy prose or a certain writing style to be “good enough” to get published. All you need is your lived experience and a desire to share in an authentic way to you! Nor does it have to be long, just long enough to say what you need to say 🙂 There are at least 75 million fellow patriots out there, imagine if they all were heard…

So, what’s YOUR #LivedExperience?

Submit your story to aladyofreason@outlook.com: I will publish it with your chosen name and title in a separate post and let you know when it’s live! Feel free to submit multiple submissions too, any experience is valuable here! (You can have a pseudonym or be anonymous and feel free to change anything to protect your privacy.)

For your benefit, here are some examples of stories I found that can inspire you as well:

“Checking My Privilege: Character As The Basis Of Privilege” by Tal Fortgang

“Ordeal by Title IX” by Robert Frodeman

“Transgender athletes don’t belong in girls’ sports. Let my daughter compete fairly.” by Bianca Stansecu

10 comments

  1. The Lady of Reason posed an interesting question. I found that I had to reflect quite a bit on her request for life experiences before I could decide what to write.

    Much of the leftist nonsense that the Lady mentions are an annoyance that I hear about rather than anything that affect me. I live in a rural area where Biden bumper stickers are rare and “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadson Flags and NRA bumper stickers are commonplace. Personally, I neither know nor want to know anyone who demands that I address them with some special pronoun appropriate to their LGBTQIMOUSE perversion identity.

    In my younger days, when I was involved in hiring, we had to deal with affirmative action and HR would remind us not to discuss race or sex, but that was the limit of the PC nonsense then. No one required us to use special pronouns or other fabricated silly “microagressions.” I’m now in a position where I’m relatively immune from such lunacy. It’s been quite some time since I was in the clutches of a public school system as well, so I have no experience with the current absurdities that teachers foist on their charges. In short, “trans” identities, Critical Race Theory and demands that one atone for their “white privilege” are the stuff of jokes to me rather than anything that has any daily impact.

    The small town in which I live “defunded” the police some years back. It never did have a town police force, relying on the county sheriff and the state police. We used to pay the county sheriff to have a deputy patrol the town full time and I remember the town meeting in which we decided that we didn’t have enough crime to justify the expenditure. We cancelled the patrols and we still don’t have any crime to speak of. A while ago, someone told me that when he bought his house, at the closing, the seller handed over the keys saying that those were the keys he got when he bought the house 20 years ago. The seller didn’t know if the keys worked because, in all that time, he had never bothered to lock the door. Funny how self sufficient people don’t need a lot of policing.

    The Lady requested tales of times when a gun saved someone’s life. Despite having carried a handgun for several decades and living in an are where guns are quite common, I’ve never had to draw a gun in self defense. A person who is armed and aware does not give off the same signals as a typical victim. Some years ago, there were a couple of times in the big city, where I believe that potential aggressors backed off because my body language indicated that I was a hard target. But that’s not unusual.

    Commonly, the mere presence of a firearm saves lives. Surveys show that the display of a firearm is usually sufficient to convince an attacker to back off. Even as was the case in my experience, where I didn’t display the firearm, just the presence of a gun can prevent an attack. Interviews with people in prison for mugging, show that they avoid potential victims whom they believe might be armed or who do not signal some type of vulnerability. Incarcerated buglers say that they don’t break into houses while people are home out of fear of being shot.

    Because those are crimes that were deterred, many of the incidents in which a gun saved someone’s life are invisible but nevertheless real. Anyone who is reading this might unknowingly, be such a person who avoided harm. Even if you yourself aren’t armed and have no weapons in your home, the fact that a potential attacker doesn’t know that makes it more risky in his mind to break into your home. That’s especially the case if you live in an area where people tend to be armed. I live in a very low crime area with three gun stores and just one supermarket with a half hour drive. I suggest that there is a causal relationship there, that well armed people make for safe neighborhoods.

    Finally, if I haven’t offended the leftist readers enough already, the Lady asked for stories about overcoming adversity. I hesitated to address that because I haven’t have much adversity in my life. That’s something that my parents and their parents had to overcome. I won’t dwell on the details but they started in poverty and were just beginning to do well when the depression hit. What saw them through was the classic formula for success. They were thrifty and they continued to work hard even after the depression wiped out most of what they had built up. My grandparents instilled my parents with a high regard for education. They also knew the importance of an intact family. During the depression, when jobs were hard to find, everyone chipped in and they made it because they stuck together and helped each other. I inherited their values of thrift, the importance of education, hard work and family. They also taught me that adversity is something to be overcome. Whining and excuses don’t get the job done. Because of that, I don’t have much use for SJW/BLM crybabies.

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  2. Look, lets not pretend that Trump was some kind of savior or an angel. For every 10 good things that Trump there are a few bad things, but of course common logic would tell you that he is was FAR better than Obama and miles better than.. But we need to be realistic when we speak about Trump. I voted for him and I am not ashamed of it, And I most CERTAINLY would vote for him again, but I do not see him through rose colored glasses either.
    With that said, Id love to see him in office right now!

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  3. Lady of Reason your top comment that says Elizabeth was my words. Who copied and pasted and used my name without my permission? That is what I said – who did that without my knowledge. I find this offensive.

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  4. I consider myself homeless politically these days (but used to identify more as a liberal) AND I wanted to thank you for this and all of your writings. This is so important!

    I hope more people start writing about viewpoints across all experiences. What a boring world we live in where the media only reflects the left.

    Thanks for continuing to speak out and advocating for more voices in the (currently one-sided) conversation in the media!

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      • I think this is a very nice idea and a good way for many to share. I will have to think about this very seriously. I have grown to learn sometimes it is best to keep some things close to the heart or vest lest you open yourself up to a can of worms. People are not as kind and gratiating today. Many are not gracious or humble. Though I believe you are gracious and humble, and perhaps most of your readers, still, sometimes it is better not to share.

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